GUIDES

Each of our staff members retain several of the following certifications:

josh

JOSH BUTSON

Owner, Lead Guide/Instructor
Josh is the owner of the San Juan Outdoor School/ Telluride Alpinisim and the director of the San Juan Field School (SJFS). He has been one of the San Juan Outdoor School’s premier guides for the past eight years.

Josh has been guiding year round for a living for almost 18 years. He possesses a strong knowledge of the San Juan Mountains and feels that the Telluride area has endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Josh grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he was introduced to climbing, paddling, mountaineering, and skiing.

From an early age he made it a point to find new places to explore. Some of his favorite destinations are Joshua Tree, Zion, Red Rocks, Moab, the Adirondacks, Acadia, Cascades, China, Ecuador, Argentina, Nepal and Bolivia. Josh has a love and appreciation for the natural world, which makes him passionate in sharing this love with others. He feels that it is the SJOS’s responsibility to help pass on an appreciation of all of the areas local cultural and natural history.

Josh’s education includes a B.S. in Adventure Based Recreation Program Management and an Associates in Outdoor Recreation. Some of his certifications and training include American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Top Rope Certification, AMGA rock instructor course, The American Institute for Avalanche Research and education (AIARE) Level II professional avalanche training, (AAA) Level II avalanche training, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and CPR for the Health Care Provider. Josh lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife Tara, is son Lincoln, their dog, Jasmine and two cats.

tara

TARA BUTSON

Operations Director, Guide/Instructor
Tara has a variety of experience in the outdoor industry. Some of her experience include working for a wilderness therapy program in Maine as a team leader guiding land and water based activities for several years. Tara has been guiding for over 14 years and brings alot to the San Juan Outdoor School. She has also been a Wilderness Education Association instructor, interpretative guide, and a paddling instructor. Tara’s education includes a B.S. in Adventure Based Recreation Program Management and an Associate in Outdoor Recreation. Some of her certifications and training include WEMT, (AIARE) Level 2 avalanche training, and CPR for the Health Care Provider.

  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
  • Wilderness First Responder / First Aid Certification
  • Low to High Angle Rescue
  • Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
  • CPR for the Healthcare Provider / Professional Rescuer
  • Avalanche Courses Level I -III
  • AMGA Certification & Membership
  • American Avalanche Association Professional Membership
jayci

JAYCI FERRIMANI

Guide/Instructor
Jayci started exploring the Colorado Rockies with his parents at ten years old and started climbing in his late teens, but his real mountain addiction began after moving to Boston to go to college. After graduating he immediately moved back to Colorado to pursue his real passion. For the past ten years Jayci has been climbing extensively throughout the southwest and North America. He has completed First ascents in Arizona, Utah and the Wind River Range in Wyoming. Jayci is currently pursuing his AMGA Rock Guide cert, and would like to also attain his Alpine Guide Cert. When not guiding he can be found high off the ground in the desert, or in his favorite climbing area, The Black canyon of the Gunnison.
joshk

JOSH KLING

Guide/Instructor
Josh is AMGA Certified Rock Guide based in Durango, Colorado. Originally from Chicago, Josh found Durango and Fort Lewis College on a coast to coast self supported bicycle trip. Josh guides all types of rock and alpine climbing as well as trekking. He also guides backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, and instructs AIARE avalanche courses. He is an adjunct faculty member with San Juan College where he instructs numerous courses for their Outdoor Leadership degree track as well as instructs courses at Fort Lewis College for the Outdoor Pursuits program. Josh has taught for numerous nationally recognized organizations as well worked as a guide on Denali. He has completed rock, alpine and ski guide training from the American Mountain Guides Association. Josh is; an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Rock Guide, an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI Program Provider, Wilderness First Responder, Professional Member of the American Avalanche Association, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 and 2 Course Leader, Leave-No-Trace Master Educator, a professional member of the Association of Outdoor Education and Recreation, and a graduate of Fort Lewis College. He helps coordinate the Flight For Life Avalanche Deployment team in the San Juans, and is a Technical Team Member, Training Instructor, and Winter Response Team Coordinator with La Plata County Search and Rescue. AMGA Certified Rock Guide AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor AMGA SPI Program Provider AMGA Alpine Guides Course AMGA Advanced Alpine Guides Course AMGA Ski Guides Course AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Course Wilderness First Responder Rigging for Rescue Technical Rescue Seminar Rigging for Rescue Waterfall Ice Workshop AIARE Level 1 & 2 Course Leader Leave-No-Trace Master Educator.
jon

JON MILLER

Guide/Instructor
Jon is the Program Director for the San Juan Field School. An avid climber and skier Jon has traveled the country and parts of Europe pursuing the best lines. A former Training Coordinator of the Western State College Mountain Rescue Team, Jon has worked and trained in some of the most extreme terrain in Colorado. He currently works as a Guide/Instructor for San Juan Outdoor School/Telluride Alpinism. Jon is a member of the American Alpine Club, AAA Level 1certified and a Wilderness First Responder.
karl

KARL WELTER

Guide/Instructor
Karl grew up in Wisconsin, hunting, fishing, paddling and skiing as much as possible. At college at UW-Madison until 2006, he learned to top-rope and trad climb as well as studying Geography. With Camp Manito-wish YMCA in Wisconsin, he led several backpacking trips to Alaska’s remote Brooks Range, then guided in wilderness therapy in Colorado. A Ski Patroller with Telluride Ski Resort since 2008, he enjoys the challenge of that job, applying his skills as a Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT (NR-EMT-B) and AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Grad. His travels by foot to the summits of Alaska, Colorado, New Zealand, Wyoming and N. Carolina are life highlights, especially as a guide. Karl has worked with San Juan Outdoor School since 2009.
keaton

KEATAN WILLIAMS

Guide/Instructor
Keatan Williams grew up in northern Indiana where he was introduced to the outdoors through hiking, canoeing and fishing. During college he worked both summer and winter as a backcountry guide in northern Minnesota and Ontario. After graduating Indiana University with a degree in Environmental Management he moved to Yosemite Valley to advance his rock climbing skills. Afterward he moved to Telluride where he has been for more than a year now. Keatan enjoys skiing and ice climbing but loves long rock climbing routes more than anything.
 
memoriam copyThey gave much of their time and effort to the San Juan Outdoor School. Their influence will stay with us for a lifetime.
peter

PETER INGLIS

1959-2015
Peter’s original roots go back to Vermont where he grew up at the base of the states biggest mountain, mt mansfield, hiking and skiing. He earned a BS from UVM in Outdoor recreation and resource management and has been working at managing his recreation ever since. In 1987he relocated to the San Juans where he has been guiding for over 20 years.
Peters Guiding and personal adventures have taken on some wild adventures including 3 winter seasons spent in the Alps, skiing and climbing in India, Mountaineering in Peru and Nepal, a first ascent in China(Peak 5965m), A complete climb and partial ski of Mt St Elias, the second highest peak in the USA, not to mention 14 trips up Denali. Peters favorite passions are backcountry and ski mountaineering, ice climbing, and rock climbing(preferably in the warm desert sun). When he is not guiding or adventuring he works as an avalanche technician for the Telluride ski area(going on year 20). ” I love the outdoors, what can I say”.
jack

JACK ROBERTS

1952-2012
Jack Roberts has been climbing for 39 years and has climbed throughout Colorado since 1984. Jack isapublished author with the second edition of his ice climbing guide to Colorado, Colorado Ice, which was a finalist in theguidebook category at the 2006 Banff Book Festival. He is a frequent contributor to Climbing magazine, Rock and Ice magazine and the American Alpine Journal. He was awarded recognition at the Banff Book Festival as having written the finest article of the year in the 1997 Canadian Alpine Journal His latest article is published in Alpinist number 20, under the Mount Huntington story.

He is frequently requested as guest lecturer, presentator and clinic instructor at the Ouray Ice Festival,Pont Rouge (Festiglace) ice festival, Bozeman Ice Festival, Cody Ice Festival and many others. He continues to write and publish stories for various websites, companies and climbing journals.

His climbing career began in 1968 in Southern California where he climbed at Tahquitz, Joshua Tree and Yosemite. He eventually became a part of the influential Stonemasters

Climbing group and went on to ascend big walls in Yosemite. Many of these were second ascents (The Shield, Zodiac, Tangerine Trip, Tis-Sa-Ack, Cosmos, Gobi Wall, El Cap Towers Right Side, Mescalito). Later on he gravitated to alpine climbing in Europe, Canada, Alaska where he established first ascents on Mt. Huntington, Denali, Mount Lewis, Mt. Kennedy and more. With Dale Bard he did the first free ascent of Polar Circus and with Tobin Sorenson did the first winter ascent of the North Face on Mt. Robson and the first winter ascent of the Central Couloir on Mount Kitchener.